Scratching as a behavioral index of anxiety in macaque mothers.

@article{Troisi1991ScratchingAA,
  title={Scratching as a behavioral index of anxiety in macaque mothers.},
  author={Alfonso Troisi and Gabriele Schino and M L D'Antoni and N Pandolfi and Filippo Aureli and Francesca R D'Amato},
  journal={Behavioral and neural biology},
  year={1991},
  volume={56 3},
  pages={307-13}
}
The aim of this study was to assess the validity of the notion that anxiety influences maternal style in monkeys. To this end, we investigated the correlations between measures of the quality of mother-infant relationship and scratching, a behavior pattern that reflects a state of anxiety. The subjects were seven group-living macaque mothers and their infants observed during the first 12 weeks postpartum. Postpartum scratching by the mothers was positively correlated with both maternal… CONTINUE READING

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